Early Childhood Education (BS)
Why Early Childhood at Thomas?
- Developmentally appropriate field-based preparation that highlights national Early Head Start, Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf approaches.
- Our School of Education partnership with Educare of Central Maine, provides majors with many opportunities for on-site observations, interactions with child care professionals field work, internships and student teaching.
- Primary and early elementary students will experience courses that allow for real practice in the skills of classroom observation, current curriculum, and assessment tools.
- Coursework is focused on blending early science, numeracy, literacy, and the creative arts
- Opportunities to attend and participate professional networking conferences hosted by Maine National Association Education for the Young Child
- Brain Development and the Young Child
- Creativity and the Young Child
- Observation, Curriculum, and Assessment
- Explorations in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
- Family, Culture, and Community
This major will prepare you for Maine teacher certification in the following areas:
- Birth to 5 Infant Care/Preschool/Public P-K Teacher
- K-3rd grade Elementary/Primary Grades Teacher
You can explore paths in:
- Preschool education
- Childcare administration
- Parent education and family services
- Children’s museum management
At Thomas, you’ll develop skills for working in today’s classrooms and fields focused on infants, toddlers, and young children. Our program emphasizes intercultural understanding; you’ll learn culturally-appropriate skills for working with diverse children and families. Our experiential learning program focuses on project-based assignments and collaborative learning. You’ll learn how to organize your ideas and research, develop strong analytical and interpretive skills, investigate human motive and behavior, and practice these skills in the real world of education.
You can take…
- Compete to design the best developmentally-appropriate learning environment in Infant and Toddler Development
- Take a Special Topic course on contemporary issues in education, including Brain Development in Early Childhood, Creativity and Fine Arts in Early Childhood and Observation, or Curriculum and Assessment in Early Childhood
- Discover the contemporary immigrant experience in Maine, and research your own personal cultural background in a semester-long cultural inquiry in Family, Culture, and Community
You’ll graduate with the ability to…
- Explore, discuss, and create curriculum for diverse learning environments
- Understand child development and the psychology of learning
- Develop practical, constructive, and arts-based approaches to learning, including principles drawn from Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia
- Manage a learning environment and collaborate with colleagues, experts, parents, and other education professionals
- Advocate for appropriate policy development in early childhood